CHILDREN'S CHRISTIAN EDUCATION
Godly Play AGE 4 - 2nd Grade
Meeting Sundays at 9:15 AM in the Godly Play room, this is a storytelling program for pre-school and early elementary age children. The format allows children to experience the great stories of the Bible and to reflect on those stories through “work” in a variety of media. They also have a feast of thanksgiving and learn to respect their sacred Godly Play space. The program is supported by volunteers who have committed to be storytellers and doorkeepers.
After their time in the Godly Play Room, the children move to a music component before entering the church service at The Peace. The children often participate in a Children’s Sermon at this time. They also join in skits and the yearly Christmas Pageant on Christmas Eve.
Rising UP (3rd to 5th Graders)
Meeting Sundays at 9:15 AM these students use the Episcopal Church Curriculum, which covers both the Old and New Testament as well as the Sacraments and the Episcopal tradition. The curriculum rotates through three different years.
These students also are actively involved with musical additions to the services as well as being acolytes. They are eager participants in children’s sermons, Youth Sunday and are happy to volunteer for any dramatic readings as well as the Christmas Pageant. They are enthusiastic members of Saint David’s Church.
Up (6th to 8th graders)
Meeting Sundays at 9:15 AM the UP Class at Saint David’s is about building community, a faith friendship, in its group of 11 to 13 year olds. These relationships honor each other’s gifts, and know each person is “beloved’ and with whom God is “well pleased.” By giving our time and attention to one another in class and beyond, we come to love and honor each other “just as we are” here and now, as well as “just as we hope to be” and may rely on each other. So being present for each other in our Christian learning, our kidding around, and our engagement in the Life of the Church is key to our UP Class. Not solemn, we are serious, fresh-hearted and spirited.
The UP Class concentrates on the fundamentals of our faith as Christians and the three-legged foundation of the Episcopal Church: Scripture, Reason, and Tradition. The class is team-taught with two teachers. It is a three-year cycle of learning and companionship that encourages growth as members of the Episcopal Church, to nurture one another in Christ’s way and know God is creatively present. So the class explores the person and teachings of Jesus Christ, the continuing witness and actions of others and the beauty of life on Earth. These together reveal God’s Call to each of us and the power of the Holy Spirit that sustains us. We study the Book of Common Prayer to learn our Episcopalian understanding of faith, life, worship, and duty to God and Neighbor. We participate in the liturgies as acolytes, musicians, readers, and worshipers. We work as junior sextons to complete projects within the parish, and join with our neighbor communities to learn, play and serve. We celebrate class members as being completely human and tangible expressions of God’s love.
Vacation Bible School
Saint David’s actively participates in and supports the Ledyard / Gales Ferry Ecumenical Vacation Bible School program. Run by a group of local Christian churches in the community for one week during the summer, attendance has been from 60 to 100 children. The program rotates from church to church offering each the opportunity to host. The program relies on members of all the churches to help staff the program.